The Carnevale di Viareggio 2014 joyously skewers the ghosts that haunt Italy

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The Carnevale di Viareggio comes to a festive … and glum (!) end this year while breaking attendance and revenue records. The Carnival is a century-old tradition that brings life in winter to the summer seaside resort of Viareggio, and has, since the beginning, served as catharsis to a country dogged by decades of a surreal – and that’s really an understatement – political landscape.

This year’s floats envision Italy as a country fully underwater, or hysterical – and in therapy. John Lennon buries his head in his hands – which are inscribed with “HELP.” Matteo Renzi, Italy’s newly APPOINTED (read un-elected… ) head of state features in several of the floats… he’s pictured naked climbing the renaissance tower in the second picture… it’s a gonzo event that’s treasured by many, and is an excuse to party – possibly a-little-too-eerily – like there’s no domani.

The Carnevale in Viareggio, a fun-filled festival of joke, and parody, and is second in Italy to the Venice Carnival. The winner of this year’s event is Alessandro Avanzini’s Spider float, pictured here last… his is a … biting commentary on our increasing interdependence … through the internets.

We link here to the Museum of the Cittadella del Carnevale di Viareggio, where you can see reliquaries from parades of years past.

The photos are by Maria Gamundi, (thanks Maria for taking the time to shoot this year’s floats for us!)

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Previously on Art is Life:

Darknevale 2012! Angels and Demons, politicians … and other assorted ghoulies haunt the Carnevale di Viareggio

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